Groovin'

Album: Groovin' (1967)
Charted: 8 1
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  • Felix Cavaliere and Eddie Brigati of The Rascals wrote this song after they realized that because of their work schedule, they could see their girlfriends only on Sunday afternoons. It's implied that these Sunday afternoons are spent with a nice romp. Cavaliere told Seth Swirsky, who was shooting footage for his documentary Beatles Stories, "I met this young girl and I just fell head over heels in love. I was so gone that this joyous, wonderful emotion came into the music. Groovin' was part of that experience. If you look at the story line, it's very simple: we're groovin' on a Sunday afternoon because Friday and Saturdays are when musicians work. The simplicity of it is that Sundays you could be with your loved one. And the beauty of is this joyous bliss that at that time I equated with a person, but that's the beauty of music - when it's an example of what you do it lasts forever. You're in love forever because of that moment in time that you captured, and that's what was happening with Groovin'."
  • The record company executives who worked on "Groovin'" didn't particularly like the song, but as they listened to the playback, influential New York DJ Murray the K overheard it and pronounced it a #1 record. Unbeknownst to the group, Murray went to Atlantic Records president Jerry Wexler and demanded it be released. As the program manager and top DJ on the first FM rock station (WOR-FM), Murray the K had this kind of clout, and also the rare ability to connect with listeners and recognize what songs would become hits. The Rascals, who started out as The Young Rascals, were playing at The Gordion Knot club on York Avenue when Murray picked them as his "house band" - the group that backed him up at personal appearances. It was that relationship (based on Murray's gut sense that the band had genuine potential) that drove his partisan support.
  • This was the second of three #1 hits for The Rascals, after "Good Lovin'" and before "People Got to Be Free."
  • In the US, this spent two weeks at #1, then two weeks at #2 (as Aretha Franklin's "Respect" took over to top spot), then returned to the top for two more weeks.
  • The term "Groovy" was becoming popular around this time, and the title of this song is a variation on the term. The first popular "Groovy" song was "A Groovy Kind Of Love," and the first popular use in lyrics was in "59th Street Bridge Song."
  • Smokey Robinson got the idea for his song "Cruisin'" from this one - his original hook was "I love it when we're groovin' together," but he thought "cruisin'" was more intimate.
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Comments: 18

  • Jennifur Sun from RamonaThis may sound crazy, but how did they do the opening riffs of this song, was it the organ or something else. And I always thought Leslie was a person as well.
  • Raffaele from EarthThe songwriters for this song are Felix Cavaliere and Eddie Brigati and not Writer/s: TEDDY MCRAE, FRANK X. BROWN, R. I. ONAN
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn September 10th, 1967 the Young Rascals once again appeared on 'The Ed Sullivan Show' and like their appearance on the 'Sullivan' show of June 4th, 1967 {see next post below} they performed "Groovin'" and "A Girl Like You"...
    The Sept. 10th show was not a repeat episode, Petula Clark & Eddie Fisher were on this show; and on the June 4th episode Nancy Ames & the Harry James' Orchestra performed.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn June 4th 1967, the Young Rascals performed "Groovin'" on the CBS-TV program 'The Ed Sullivan Show'...
    Two months earlier on April 16th it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #79; and on May 14th it peaked at #1 (for 4 non-consecutive weeks) and spent 13 weeks on the Top 100 (and for 9 of those 13 weeks it was on the Top 10)...
    And on June 3rd it also reached #1 (for 1 week) on the Canadian RPM Top Singles chart...
    The day of this appearance on the 'Sullivan' show "Groovin'" was at #2 on the Top 100...
    On the same show they also sang their next release, "A Girl Like You", and on July 8th it would enter the Top 100 and eventually peak at #10.
  • Frankie from Lake Forest, CaI Had just finished touring the off the coast of Vietnam for two months as a midshipman, when I hit port in San Diego. I got a ride with a friend who had just bought the Rascals 8 track with Groovin' on it. We played that song over and over again all the way up the coast. It's the most free I have ever felt- Frankie, Lake Forest, Ca.
  • D. from Dallas, TxAretha Franklin did a great cover of this on her "Lady Soul" LP
  • Billy from West Unity, OhThis song has always reminded me of an old time love in the late 30's. I don't know why, it just does. But it really has a wonderful "groove" to it.
  • Frank from Granchester Meadows, GreenlandGroovin'...'i can't imagine anything that's better'
  • Lalah from Wasilla, AkOh good; I'm not nuts. I always though that Leslie was grooving along the crowded avenue. My older sister said that Leslie was their dog when I asked. Stupid name for a dog.
  • Mrcleaveland from Cleveland,This song came out when I was in basic training at Fort Dix. Of course, the last thing we were doing there was groovin', but the song was such an upper that it makes me a little nostalgic for the moment.
  • Leslie from Saint Paul, MnActually, my step-father said his best friend, whose name was Eddie, wrote this song after he told him about how he and my mother and I would spend Sunday afternoons.

    Don't know if it is true. He told me the lyrics were originally, "you and me and Leslie." And I was that Leslie.

    It would be interesting to know since the song writers are still alive.

    Whether or not, it is the best song ever!
  • Dana Davidson from Calais, MeFelix Cavaliere's favorite word must have been "ecstasy". It appears in several Rascal lyrics:" I'm in ecstasy" (A Girl Like You), "Everything I do brings ecstacy" (Lonely Too Long) are the other two that come to mind.
  • Sarah from Kennewick, WaI love groovin' on Sunday afternoons, don't you!
  • Ernie from KranjOK, let's set the record staight. The song is NOT about a threesome! The lyric is: "Life will be ecstasy...you and me endlessly...Groovin'".
  • Albert from New York, Ny"Leslie" is actually Felix's Leslie Speaker.
  • Rick from San Juan, United StatesGroovin' is actually about a menage a trois : "Life will be ecstasy ... you and me and Leslie ... Groovin'"
  • Bill from Elm Creek, NeA great song. Brings back alot of good memories.
  • M from Edinburgh, ScotlandSo long ago........................when the good times were good
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